Back Vintage Release
This single-block wine is sourced from 1.57 ha of 17-year-old vines, within, as the name suggests, the most sheltered of all our vineyard sites. The lack of exposure to strong winds allows the vines to keep a rich green canopy until comparatively late in the ripening period and the resulting Haven wines always possess fruit in the more purplish spectrum, with a certain richness and lushness yet a firm underlying tannic structure. This block (6.88 ha in total) is broken down into seven different parcels, with the same two parcels historically being selected for this wine. This year fermentation took place in both concrete and stainless steel tanks. One ferment was 100% de-stemmed while the other contained 10% whole bunches. Fermentation commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted for 19 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 25% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with the total maturation period lasting 16 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
Ripe yet restrained, the 2013 Haven shows more approachability than usual for this wine. Aromas of blue fruits and a broad array of sweet spice continue on to the muscular yet reserved palate. The weighty mid-palate is wonderfully balanced with calm, firm tannins and an impressive depth. Despite its accessibility, this wine should mature effortlessly over the coming years.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
Powerfully built pinot noir. Strong notes of black cherry, woody spice, macerated plum and toast, with both cloves notes and alcohol warmth participants in the parade. Firm tannin ropes and secures the components together. Now or later; it has a life ahead of it.
The Australian Wine Annual 2016
Artfully made and complex, with delicate but deeply floral layers of red cherries, dark plums and faintly smoky oak backed by meaty notes of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Supple and silky, it’s smooth and deftly balanced, unfolding layers of pristine, vibrant fruit that glide with elegance and lightness towards its long, refreshing and savoury finish.
WBM, November/December 2015
Outstanding persistence and effortless form within a personality of depth, presence and distinguished character. Brilliant definition of black cherry fruit purity is lush and polished, while perfectly structured with finely poised tannin grip accented subtly with whole bunch and oak structure.
The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.